Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, modern university with around 17,000 students from more than 100 countries. Its main campus is located in the heart of Scotland’s largest city, but the university has a significant, and growing, international reach. GCU appointed Nobel Laureate and global anti-poverty campaigner Professor Muhammad Yunus as Chancellor in 2012. It has particular research strengths in applied health, sustainable engineering and technology and business and social justice, where its multi-disciplinary academic teams work to provide solutions for the benefit of business and society.
GCU is a globally networked university committed to developing and showcasing its work on the widest possible stage. It was the first Scottish university to open a campus in London and GCU New York is scheduled to open in the second half of 2013, offering specialist courses and professional training programmes in fashion business, luxury brand management, marketing, and finance and risk. The university is affiliated to the Caledonian College of Engineering in Oman and runs the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The university is home to almost 2000 international students from more than 100 countries and has formal partnerships with leading institutions around the world including in China, India, North and South America.
GCU’s multi-disciplinary research institutes focus on areas of particular strength within the university. The Institute for Applied Health Research, Institute for Society and Social Justice Research and the Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research allow the university’s top researchers to work across academic boundaries, generating new ideas and knowledge and providing wide- reaching solutions to important contemporary problems. The institutes are supported in their work by a number of unique specialist centres which offer added knowledge and expertise. The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health conducts pioneering work into health economics and social business, the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare adds a further layer of specialist information while the Caledonian Academy concentrates on how technology can support professional learning.
Community and Public Engagement
GCU has a long-standing commitment to the common good as stressed in its Scots motto ‘For the Common Weal’. Therefore, the University is closely linked to all the communities in which it operates – those to be found next door to its lively Glasgow city centre campus and those from further afield. Through media sites such as The Conversation – which complements a wide range of other dissemination and knowledge transfer activities – GCU is committed to sharing its wealth of skills, knowledge and facilities and to making a positive contribution to all the communities which it serves. The university also strives to learn from the communities, groups and individuals which interact with it, placing them at heart of research, to the benefit of all.